Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Renting a house or apartment with one or more roommates can offer several advantages. Expenses on rent, utilities and repairs may be shared, thus putting you in a better financial situation.
Having a roommate will help ease the burden. However, to ensure a healthy relationship with your roommate and to avoid unnecessary fights and problems, it’s best to talk about the division of work and responsibilities in your rental home. Get tips…
Make a list of chores
Create a list of chores with your roommate. Dusting, washing dishes, taking out the trash and other chores should all be included. You should also agree on a schedule for each chore. For instance, dusting may need to be done daily, while cleaning the bathroom may be done only once a week.
Divide and define expectations
Divide the chore list with your roommate. It’s best to start the discussion on which chores you’d like to do. If any issues arise, work out an agreeable compromise with your roommate. It’s also important to define expectations with regard to the chores, as not everybody has the same idea of what 'clean' is. Your roommate may be fine with a cluttered living room, while you aren’t. Make sure you’re on the same page to avoid problems later on.
Split cleaning service costs
Alternatively, you may also get a cleaning service or employ a housekeeper to clean the house every week. On the other hand, both of you may not be willing to handle certain chores, for instance, cleaning the bathroom. Perhaps you can get a cheaper cleaning service for these chores. Be sure to discuss how you’re going to split the cleaning service costs as well.